Andrew Luck has been considered one of the most talented quarterbacks in the NFL since he was drafted No. 1 overall in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. After a big season in 2018, expectations were sky high for the Colts and Luck entering this season. Unfortunately, that will not come to fruition.
Last night, Luck made the shocking announcement that he would be retiring from the NFL. It changed everything in Indianapolis and the NFL as a whole. Now, it’s time for the Colts to decide what direction they want to go without their star quarterback and entering a new era.
Jacoby Brissett is taking over as the starting quarterback. While he has shown some good things, he is unproven in regular season play. Frank Reich and company will have their work cut out for them, but there is one major question that the team needs to decide on right now.
Should the Colts tank during the 2019 season with Luck no longer on the team?
Quite simply, the answer is no. There are plenty of reasons to support the statement. The first being, that is not the Indianapolis way and the fans deserve to see this team continue competing.
Jim Irsay and company have built this team the right way. Chris Ballard has not gone on spending sprees for any free agent that is on the market. He has remained patient and focused on bringing in players that can represent the Colts in the right way and become part of something bigger than themselves.
Brissett may not be a household name in the NFL, which has caused the fans to ask this question. What they don’t know, however, is that the Colts are extremely high on the former New England Patriots quarterback and even Luck took the time to talk about Brissett and how excited he is to see him lead this team forward.
I love Andrew Luck's honestly here, talking about Jacoby Brissett.
He is as genuine of a person to ever play in the NFLpic.twitter.com/x6BtCf744R
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) August 25, 2019
Back in the 2017 NFL season when Luck was forced to miss the entire season, Brissett ended up playing in all 16 games. He took over as the starter early on in the year and put together a very solid all-around season.
He completed 58.8 percent of his pass attempts for 3,098 yards, 13 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. In addition to his passing numbers, Brissett ran for 260 yards and four touchdowns as well. Those numbers should instill confidence from the Colts’ fan base and the coaching staff in their new starter.
Granted, he isn’t a name that is going to strike fear in opponents, but he can get the job done.
So, with all of that being said, it’s very clear that Indianapolis can still compete with Brissett leading the way. They added a lot of talent to the offense with Devin Funchess and Parris Campbell, and also have one of the most dominant offensive lines from last season. The Colts also signed Justin Houston, drafted Rock Ya-Sin, and have a much more talented defense than they have had in years.
The Super Bowl expectations may not be what they were with Luck on the roster, but the Colts are still going to be a very good football team. Players love Brissett and he is going to prove himself in a big way in 2019.